Posted by P. Bingham on March 19, 1998 at 18:54:56:
In response to So is it worth it, then?, written by Helen on March 19, 1998 at 11:22:22
Personally, I think she should have married the man. She came from a strong supportive family, with plenty of brothers and sisters that gave her courage and confidence. Enough of this that she would have been able to withstand whatever restrictions her husband might have made for her. He must have sensed who she was as they became better acquainted. She must have shown him that part of herself that said "I am my own person and I'm stubborn and I'm going to publish my books if I have to thank that loathsome Prinny for it!" As far as how this experience effected her writing, of course it must have in some way. But still she had so many influences from other directions, being from a not-so-wealthy family, attending parties of very wealthy families, seeing the experiences of those members of her family around her. The deaths of friends and family. Or perhaps she might have felt for the rest of her life that she had cheated herself by marrying him and that thus would bring pain. She had the insight within herself to make a fine book from the beginning. The books might have been different, but we would still be researching her life and trying to question her motives. We would still be hating some of her characters while loving others and, perhaps be baffled by a few.
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